THEY say with drugs that if there wasn’t the demand there wouldn’t be the problem.
It’s why the Columbians get cheesed off with American efforts to stamp out cocaine production in their country - if they concentrated closer to home the problem wouldn’t exist and they could be left alone.
And so let’s travel back across the world to Solihull where in less than a week two ‘cannabis factories’ - both growing hundreds plants - have been discovered.
Obviously, logic dictates that there is a demand, and right here in the borough.
It’s also not too difficult to see that this so-called soft drug is the thin end of a wedge that has its roots in organised crime.
Both factories - more plant nurseries shall we say - were located in upmarket well to do areas of Solihull and it’s amazing the number of people who’ve said, since the news broke ‘crikey, I know someone who lives near there’.
Yes, it’s here and happening right under our noses, which is why it was so good to see both the police and the community working in tandem to shop these criminals.
Full marks too to the police for praising to the rooftops this ‘community intelligence’ - the tip off when a suspicious neighbour thinks that something’s not quite right with a house or with someone.
For when it comes down to it, there are only so many police officers to call on and it’s up to you and I to be their eyes and ears to shut down such factories.
By tackling these problems close to home together we can send these ‘businesses’ packing.